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Tips for speaking Spanish:

Most words are spoken exactly as they appear. Spanish is a phonetic language. With few exceptions, the words are said as they appear.

 

Exceptions:

H is normally silent

LL sounds like a Y

J sounds like an H

N with a ~ above it sounds like NY or "nyuh"

 

Vowels: always pronounced exactly the same way. There are no multiple sounding verbs in Spanish.

a - "ah" sounds like Mom or Dog

e - "eh" like Ted or Head

i - "ee" like geek or speak

o - "oh" like toe or no, but said very fast cutting off the ow sound at the end.

u - " oo" like shoe or two

y - "ee" not used very much except as AND like "perro y gato" ( dog and cat )

 

Letter Combinations:

ue as in que ( what ). Sounds like hay or may. There is no W sound here. It is not " KWAY "

ui as in izquierda ( left ) sounds like key or me There is no W sound here. It is not " KWEY "

If you practice the above rules, you can pronounce most any Spanish word you see.

 

Numbers

1 - uno
2 - dos
3 - tres
4 - quatro
5 - cinco
6 - seis
7 - siete
8 - ocho
9 - nueve
10 - diez
11 - once
12 - doce
13 - trece
14 - catorce
15 - quince
16 - diez y seis
17 - diez y siete
18 - diez y ocho
19 - diez y nueve
20 - vente
25 - venticinco
50 - cinquenta

75 - setenticinco
100 - ciento or cien
1000 - mi


Common Phrases
 

Hello
¡Hola!
Where is..
Donde Esta...
Good morning
Buenos dias
Please
Por Favor
Good afternoon
Buenas tardes
Pardon me
Perdóneme
Good evening
Buenas noches
What do you call this?
¿Cómo se le llama a esto?
Hi. How are you?
¡Hola! ¿Cómo está?
I would like...
Quisiera....
I am well. And you?
Estoy bien. ¿Y usted?
What is your name?
¿Cuál es su nombre?
What is your name
¿Como se llama?
My name is...
Me llamo...
What is your name?
¿Cual es su nombre?
I don't know
No lo sé...
Bye! -
¡Adios!
I am thirsty
Tengo sed
See you later
Hasta luego
I am hungry
Tengo hambre
See you in the morning
Hasta mañana
I do not understand
No entiendo
(Literally) Go with God
Vaya con dios Farewell
Do you speak English?
¿Habla inglés?
Good luck!
¡Buena suerte!
How Much is..
Cuanto Questa(an)...
I don't speak Spanish
No hablo español
Where's the hotel?
¿Dónde está el hotel?


General Information
 

Months

Colors

January - Enero
Black - Negro
February - Febrero
Red - Rojo
March - Marzo
Green- Verde
April - Abril
Blue - Azul
May - Mayo
Yellow - Amarillo
June - Junio
White - Blanco
July - Julio
 
August - Agusto
 
September - Septiembre
 
October - Octubre
 
November - Noviembre
 
December - Diciembre
 
 

Beverages

Days of the Week

Beer- Cerveza
Monday - Lunes
Tea - Te
Tuesday - Martes
Coffee - Cafe
Wednesday - Miercoles
Alcoholic Beverages - Bebidas Alcoholicas
Thursday - Jueves
Drinking Water - Agua Pura
Friday - Viernes
 
Saturday - Sabado
 
Sunday - Domingo
 

Useful Terms

Compass Headings

Hot - Calor
North - Norte
Cold - Frio
South - Sur
Air Conditioning - Aire Aconditionado
East - Este
Private Bath - Bano Privado
West - Oeste
Car - Auto or Coche
 
Bus- Omnibus or Autobus
 
Truck- Camion or Troka
 
 

Fishing and Boating

Wave - Ola
Fly - Mosca
Free-spool - Linea libre
Flag - Bandera
Tangle (backlash) - Enredar
Cushions - Cogines
Tide - Marea
Life preservers - Salvavidas
Seaweed - Sargaso
Ice box - Caja de hielo
Jump - Salto
Fighting Chair - Silla de batalla, silla giratoria
Slack - Floja
Motor - Motor
He is tail wrapped. - La cola esta atrapada.
Steering Wheel - Volante
He is coming up. - El esta subiendo.
Propeller - Helice
The fish is up. - El esta arriba.
Throttle - Acelerador
He is down. - El esta abajo.
Carburetor - Carburador
More drag. - Mas trabaja.
Spark Plug - Bujia
Less drag. - Menos trabaja.
Wrench - Llave de tuercas
He's not hungry. - El no tiene hambre.
Anchor - Ancla
He's very strong. - Es muy fuerte
Rope - Lazo
Too bad! - Que lastima!
Lights - Luz, Luces
I'm glad. (This pleases me.) - Me alegro. (Me allegro esto)
Bow - Proa
I'm pleased. - Tengo mucho gusto.
Stern - Popa
Bad hook up. - Mal ansuelado.
Gas tank - Tanque de gasolina
Fishing rod - Cana de pescar.
Oil - Aceite
Fishing reel - Carrete.
Keel (bottom) - Quilla
Drag - Freno
Small boat - Bote pequeno, bote chico
Fishing line - Piola, Linea
Pliers - Alicates, pinsas
Thread - Hilo
Screwdriver - Desarmador
Fishing socket belt - Cinturon
Screw - Tornillo
Harness - Guarniciones
Toliet (bathroom) - Excusado (bano)
Swivel - Destorsedor
Toliet Paper - Papel para excusado
Leader (wire) - Alambre, Empate
Awning - Toldo
Hook - Anzuelo
Battery - Bateria
Gaff (large) - Gancho grande
Rudder - Timon
Hand gaff - Gancho de mano
Bilge - Pantoque
Bait - Carnada
Pump - Pomba
Club - Clava, Palo
Outrigger - Batanga
Needle - Aguja
Port Side - Babor
Feather Jig - Pluma
Starboard - Estribor


Marine Animals
 

Bonefish - Macabi
Sailfish - Pez vela
Butterfly bass - Pavon mariposa
Sardine - Sardina
Dolphin - Delphin
Sea Lion - Leon marino
Flying fish - Pez volador
Seal - Foca
Giant Black Seabass - Garupa
Shark - Tiburon
Jack Crevalle - Toro
Shrimp - Camarones
Lobster - Langosta
Snapper - Pargo
Mackerel - Macarela
Snook - Robalo
Manta Ray - Mantaraya
"Strong Fish" - Pez fuerte
Marlin - Marlin
Tarpon - Sabalo
Mullet - Mugil or Mugol
Tuna - Atun
Needle Fish - Paz Agula
Turtle - Tortuga
Oysters - Ostiones
Trout - Trucha
Peacock Bass - Pavon Cinchado
Whale - Ballena
Porpoise - Ochinito, puerco marino
Yellowtail - Jurel
Roosterfish - Pez gallo
 
 

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